Like the title? That’s what you title a blog post when you have multiple races coming up.
I felt pretty recovered from the Charleston Half Marathon, so I kicked my mileage up. Since I have 3 races on back-to-back Saturdays in February (and may need to take an extra recovery day or two), I wanted a solid week. I also went back to BodyPump and started speedwork again this week, so I was feelin’ it.
I signed up for a small, cheap race here in town on Saturday- the Save the Light half marathon. It was only $45 and includes a shirt, finisher’s medal, and poster of the Folly Beach lighthouse. Lots of my friends from the Moore On Running group, as well as my friend David who blogs at DoomBuggyRunner. My only goal is to run smarter than Charleston, where I started too fast.
This week, I ran 44 miles and did 2 BodyPump classes.
Monday: BodyPump + 7.3 miles.
Tuesday: 4.5 miles (mile repeats)
Wednesday: BodyPump + 5 miles.
Thursday: 11.6 miles (6.8 mile run downtown + bridge, followed by 4.8 mile brew run downtown).
Friday: No workout.
Saturday: 7.5 miles.
Sunday: 8 miles.
Monday’s run was easy and around downtown. I ran 5.3 miles with Steve, who’s recovering from injury and running the Myrtle Beach Half in a few weeks. Running is more about presence than pace and I always enjoy running with friends.
Tuesday was stressful with a busy workday and family issues. When it rains, it pours… and floods downtown Charleston. I worked a little later than usual and went to the MUSC Wellness Center for bridge run training, where we did mile repeats. We ran two repeats, and both were just over 7:00 min/mile pace.
It’s a sad life when mile repeats are the best part of your day. Thankfully, everything turned out okay with the stressful issues.
Thursday, I headed downtown a little early for some miles, including the Cooper River Bridge (I ended up running 11.6 total). I made it back to The Alley with 2 minutes to spare, just enough time to take a picture before the TrySports Brew Run started. TrySports Mt Pleasant has partnered with The Bridge 105.5 radio station and Michelob Ultra to host a traveling group run with giveaways and specials every Thursday night until the end of March.
On Sunday, I went to the OnShore group run, and my goal wasn’t to run with someone the whole time or try to hang onto a pace, but to start and finish close to the same pace… a pace fairly close to my half marathon pace.
I ran 8 miles, and my splits were 7:51, 7:49, 7:46, 7:48, 7:45, 7:44, 7:55, and 7:50.
Sunday’s 8-miler was the perfect run to practice pacing before Save the Light, and I recovered with a delicious stack of white chocolate chip macadamia nut pancakes at Moe’s Crosstown Tavern. Props to Moe’s for taking care of 30+ sweaty runners every Sunday. The company is great and the pancakes are delicious.
I hope everyone has a great week!